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London Midland veterans free travel ban insult

4 November 2013

A rail firm was strongly criticised today for excluding army veterans from a free travel offer in the run up to Remembrance Day.

London Midland was accused by the TSSA rail union of "insensitive and insulting" behaviour in restricting its offer to serving soldiers and excluding the veterans now organsing charity collections throughout the UK.

The Liverpool to London service, via Stafford, Rugby, and Northampton, has also banned serving navy and RAF personnel from the offer which allows soldiers to travel free on Wednesday and Thursday to mark London Poppy Day on Nov 7.

"It is simply hard to believe that London Midland can be quite so insensitive and insulting to the thousands of veterans who will be out in all weathers this week collecting in memory of their fallen comrades," said union general secretary Manuel Cortes.

"If anyone needs help with travel, it will be the veterans themselves, not just serving soldiers.

"By also excluding navy and air force personnel, London Midland are also sadly failing to recognise the contribution made by all three services to the country throughout two World Wars."

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